Putting water-saving toilets to the test
You have probably never given it much thought, but you will flush a toilet more than 140,000 times in your lifetime.
Flushing is a big concern to Consumer Reports' testers. They've just finished evaluating dozens of toilets. The tests included dual-flush toilets, which have a lower volume flush for liquid waste.
Another water saver is a toilet that has the government's WaterSense label. Consumer Reports says toilets that use less water can save you more than $90 a year on your utility bills.
To see how well the toilets work, Consumer Reports flushed down a variety of objects, including sponges and plastic balls. Although many Kohler toilets did well in that test, the Devonshire K3488 model left a lot of debris behind. As for liquid waste, all of the toilets rated excellent.
Testers also measured noise, another problem with many toilets.
When all the tests were done, Consumer Reports named a $150 Glacier Bay dual-flush toilet a Best Buy. It's available at Home Depots across Canada.
Toilets come in two heights these days; the tallest are 17 inches high. Companies refer to that as the "comfort height." All of the toilets Consumer Reports recommend are about 17 inches high.
The average person spends more than three years of their life sitting on the toilet. The toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime show than at any other time of the year.
Watch CTV News tonight for the full testing results from Lynda Steele...